The Tiger golf team doesn't have a lot of experienced varsity players this season, but young talent could help Glen Rose make up the difference.
"We have a completely different team this year after losing Shane Washburn and Patrick MaGee," said coach Wayne Roberts. "It's a rebuilding year, but we feel like we have a group of guys that can work at it and give us a chance to make the regional tournament."
The Tiger boys finished second at district last year.
"Our No. 1 player is junior Kiley Word," Roberts said. "He played with us in the fall and he has the ability to shoot under par, and even in the 60s, if he gets going. He has a chance to play golf after high school. Hopefully, he puts in the hard work to get where he needs to be."
Sophomore Peyton Lytle returns.
"Hopefully the experience he got last year will help," Roberts said. "He's very capable of shooting in the 70s. Peyton also plays baseball, so it's a matter of him finding time to practice. He's consistent when he's dedicated to it."
Senior Evan Burns is in the mix.
"Evan also works and plays tennis, so we just need him to score in the 80s for us to be successful," Roberts said. "We'll need him to get practice in when he can."
Freshman Jared Brandt is being counted on.
"He's really come on and he spends a lot of time at the golf course working hard," the coach said. "We're really expecting a lot of good things from him."
Roberts said it's wide-open to see who the fifth player in the boys' lineup will be.
"We have freshman Dylan Morris who could step up, or freshman Jayden Morris," Roberts said. "Jayden spends a lot of time at the golf course. There are other young guys who work hard, so we could have some surprises. It's good to have our numbers up where we have a choice."
Alvarado went to regionals last year out of Glen Rose's district, and Roberts said he expects it to be the prime competition along with Stephenville.
As for the Lady Tigers, senior Jacqui Condy was Glen Rose's No. 1 medalist a season ago.
"Jacqui is a pleasure to coach; she loves golf and puts in the time," Roberts said. "We're looking for big things from her this year."
Condy hasn't had a lot of support on the team in her career, but Roberts hopes that is changing.
"It will be good to have a group of girls to choose from," Roberts said.
"We have a lot of freshmen who will play, so we will have to see in the weeks to come what everyone can do."
Right now, the coach thinks varsity frontrunners could be freshmen Bailey Brown, Hailey Allen and Brittan Grace, along with sophomore Madeline Campos.
"They're very interested in getting better, and having some girls who will stick with it is the whole thing," he said. "They will need to gain experience, but we're excited to be able to have a full team with a chance to qualify (for regionals)."
Roberts said Stephenville and Alvarado will both be quality competition. Stephenville's top girl will be the district favorite, but Roberts said Condy is determined to defeat her.
The coach appreciates the opportunity the local Squaw Valley golf course affords his program.
"We're very fortunate to have a golf course like we do," Roberts said. "They work with us and make the golf course available. It's very junior golf-oriented and they want us to have a good golf team, so they make it easy for the kids to play. It's a great golf course with people willing to help."
The Tigers open their season on Friday in Lubbock for the 3A Region 1 Preview, while the Lady Tigers get started Monday on their home course against Iredell.
Roberts knows the players' hunger for success will ultimately determine where the 2013 season goes.
"Golf is a game that takes time, so you have to practice to get to the level we want to be at," he said.